Cole Konrad (1-0) — one of the top unsigned heavyweight fighters in the world — was victorious in his mixed martial arts debut this past weekend. He defeated Gary Hamen (1-1) via “polar bear choke” after just 1:13 in the first-round. The fight took place for the M.A.X. Fights promotion.
Konrad, 26, is incredibly athletic and was recruited by UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar’s wrestling coach Marty Morgan to become a training partner of the UFC champ. Morgan, Lesnar, and UFC heavyweight Chris Tuchscherer cornered Konrad at his fight on Saturday.
Speaking volumes of his athleticism, the heavyweight prospect had never played organized football, yet he was approached by then head coach of the New York Jets Eric Mangini to try out for the team.
A two-time NCAA wrestling champion, Konrad stand 6-foot-5 and he must cut weight to reach the heavyweight limit of 265-pounds.
Konrad has received offers to fight in Japan as well as in the Bellator Fighting Championship.
Sources have also informed FiveOuncesOfPain.com that Konrad’s next fight may take place in a February event taking place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.